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SubjectRe: [RfC PATCH] Add udmabuf misc device
On Thu, Apr 05, 2018 at 10:32:04PM +0200, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> Pulling this out of the shadows again.
> We now also have xen-zcopy from Oleksandr and the hyper dmabuf stuff
> from Matt and Dongwong.
> At least from the intel side there seems to be the idea to just have 1
> special device that can handle cross-gues/host sharing for all kinds
> of hypervisors, so I guess you all need to work together :-)
> Or we throw out the idea that hyper dmabuf will be cross-hypervisor
> (not sure how useful/reasonable that is, someone please convince me
> one way or the other).
> Cheers, Daniel

Dongwon (DW) is the one doing all the real work on hyper_dmabuf, but I'm
familiar with the use cases he's trying to address, and I think there
are a couple high-level goals of his work that are worth calling out as
we discuss the various options for sharing buffers produced in one VM
with a consumer running in another VM:

* We should try to keep the interface/usage separate from the
underlying hypervisor implementation details. I.e., in DW's design
the sink/source drivers that handle the actual buffer passing in the
two VM's should provide a generic interface that does not depend on a
specific hypervisor. Behind the scenes there could be various
implementations for specific hypervisors (Xen, KVM, ACRN, etc.), and
some of those backends may have additional restrictions, but it would
be best if userspace didn't have to know the specific hypervisor
running on the system and could just query the general capabilities
available to it. We've already got projects in flight that are
wanting this functionality on Xen and ACRN today.

* The general interface should be able to express sharing from any
guest:guest, not just guest:host. Arbitrary G:G sharing might be
something some hypervisors simply aren't able to support, but the
userspace API itself shouldn't make assumptions or restrict that. I
think ideally the sharing API would include some kind of
query_targets interface that would return a list of VM's that your
current OS is allowed to share with; that list would be depend on the
policy established by the system integrator, but obviously wouldn't
include targets that the hypervisor itself wouldn't be capable of

* A lot of the initial use cases are in the realm of graphics, but this
shouldn't be a graphics-specific API. Buffers might contain other
types of content as well (e.g., audio). Really the content producer
could potentially be any driver (or userspace) running in the VM that
knows how to import/export dma_buf's (or maybe just import given
danvet's suggestion that we should make the sink driver do all the
actual memory allocation for any buffers that may be shared).

* We need to be able to handle cross-VM coordination of buffer usage as
well, so I think we'd want to include fence forwarding support in the
API as well to signal back and forth about production/consumption
completion. And of course document really well what should happen
if, for example, the entire VM you're sharing with/from dies.

* The sharing API could be used to share multiple kinds of content in a
single system. The sharing sink driver running in the content
producer's VM should accept some additional metadata that will be
passed over to the target VM as well. The sharing source driver
running in the content consumer's VM would then be able to use this
metadata to determine the purpose of a new buffer that arrives and
filter/dispatch it to the appropriate consumer.

For reference, the terminology I'm using is

/----------\ dma_buf /------\ HV /--------\ dma_buf /----------\
| Producer |----------->| Sink | HV | Source |----------->| Consumer |
\----------/ ioctls \------/ HV \--------/ uevents \----------/

In the realm of graphics, "Producer" could potentially be something like
an EGL client that sends the buffer at context setup and then signals
with fences on each SwapBuffers. "Consumer" could be a Wayland client
that proxies the buffers into surfaces or dispatches them to other
userspace software that's waiting for buffers.

With the hyper_dmabuf approach, there's a lot of ABI details that need
to be worked out and really clearly documented before we worry too much
about the backend hypervisor-specific stuff.

I'm not super familiar with xen-zcopy and udmabuf, but it sounds like
they're approaching similar problems from slightly different directions,
so we should make sure we can come up with something that satisfies
everyone's requirements.


> On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 9:03 AM, Gerd Hoffmann <> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> >> Either mlock account (because it's mlocked defacto), and get_user_pages
> >> won't do that for you.
> >>
> >> Or you write the full-blown userptr implementation, including mmu_notifier
> >> support (see i915 or amdgpu), but that also requires Christian Königs
> >> latest ->invalidate_mapping RFC for dma-buf (since atm exporting userptr
> >> buffers is a no-go).
> >
> > I guess I'll look at mlock accounting for starters then. Easier for
> > now, and leaves the door open to switch to userptr later as this should
> > be transparent to userspace.
> >
> >> > Known issue: Driver API isn't complete yet. Need add some flags, for
> >> > example to support read-only buffers.
> >>
> >> dma-buf has no concept of read-only. I don't think we can even enforce
> >> that (not many iommus can enforce this iirc), so pretty much need to
> >> require r/w memory.
> >
> > Ah, ok. Just saw the 'write' arg for get_user_pages_fast and figured we
> > might support that, but if iommus can't handle that anyway it's
> > pointless indeed.
> >
> >> > Cc: David Airlie <>
> >> > Cc: Tomeu Vizoso <>
> >> > Signed-off-by: Gerd Hoffmann <>
> >>
> >> btw there's also the hyperdmabuf stuff from the xen folks, but imo their
> >> solution of forwarding the entire dma-buf api is over the top. This here
> >> looks _much_ better, pls cc all the hyperdmabuf people on your next
> >> version.
> >
> > Fun fact: googling for "hyperdmabuf" found me your mail and nothing else :-o
> > (Trying "hyper dmabuf" instead worked better then).
> >
> > Yes, will cc them on the next version. Not sure it'll help much on xen
> > though due to the memory management being very different. Basically xen
> > owns the memory, not the kernel of the control domain (dom0), so
> > creating dmabufs for guest memory chunks isn't that simple ...
> >
> > Also it's not clear whenever they really need guest -> guest exports or
> > guest -> dom0 exports.
> >
> >> Overall I like the idea, but too lazy to review.
> >
> > Cool. General comments on the idea was all I was looking for for the
> > moment. Spare yor review cycles for the next version ;)
> >
> >> Oh, some kselftests for this stuff would be lovely.
> >
> > I'll look into it.
> >
> > thanks,
> > Gerd
> >
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> Daniel Vetter
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